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Research and Innovation Project for productive, resilient and healthy agropastoral systems in West Africa (PRISMA)


Burkina Faso
LuxDev's country office
Burkina Faso Office

Environment and climate change

Implementation period
January 2022 - December 2025
Total duration
48 months

Total budget
6,495,000 EUR
Contribution breakdown
  • Luxembourg Government
    0 EUR
  • UE
    6,000,000 EUR
  • AECID (Coopération espagnole)
    495,000 EUR

Project sheets

Project objective

The overall objective of the project is to contribute to an agroecological transformation of agropastoral systems adapted to climate change in order to make them more productive, resilient and healthy for animals, humans and the environment.

Specifically, this project cofounded by the European Union and AECID, and implemented by Enabel, LuxDev and AECID, aims to:

  • improve availability and access to pastoral resources through sustainable management practices adapted to climate change, tested by research and known by technical and social actors;
  • improve the availability of and access to quality livestock feed at the regional level, through better production and distribution organisation;
  • limit the risks to human health associated with the consumption of local milk through better control of zoonoses;
  • ensure coherent consultation with the main influential and potentially impacted stakeholders and initiate a dialogue with decision-makers to improve sectoral policies. 


Livestock production in West Africa is the main economic activity for at least 50 million people in the Sahel and relies heavily on the pastoral system and the mobility of livestock in search of adequate seasonal fodder.

This mobility is an adaptation strategy to the irregular rainfall and cyclical droughts faced by Sahelian countries. However, it is hampered by the shrinking and degradation of grazing areas and by the closure of access for herds to certain southern countries (Benin, Nigeria). This situation, coupled with a chronic shortage of livestock feed and its high cost, leads to serious crises for this mode of production, thus weakening the people who live there. In addition to these problems, there is the problem of animal health, with the corollary of the transmission of diseases from animals to humans, which constitutes a public health problem. In the Sahel, too, growing insecurity due to the formation of terrorist groups is exacerbating the problems of pastoral livestock farming, with mobility at its core. Through research and innovation, PRISMA aims to address the challenges of fodder availability, pastoral resource management, feed production and distribution, and the safety of livestock by-products, namely milk. It will also help to address coordination challenges among stakeholders and stimulate knowledge sharing and policy dialogue around these issues in order to define strategic directions for livestock development in West Africa.

Project intervention strategy

The project aims to promote the consideration of climate change issues, the securing of pastoral systems and agropastoral development in the various policies by supporting regional orientations and the construction of a shared vision of mobile pastoralism systems in West Africa, particularly in the ECOWAS zone. It will also make contributions to complement and synergise with various regional research and development projects.

By aiming to produce applied research results, PRISMA is in line with the support of regional orientations. It is based on a participatory and multisectoral approach, involving North-South partnerships, and relies on a strong mobilisation of local public and private operational structures. The aim is to valorise the results of the research by local actors and policy makers.

In other words, the intervention strategy comprises three stages:

  • the production of knowledge, resulting from research work (capitalisation, action research), which will be used to strengthen the skills of local actors;
  • the scaling up of innovations and good practices analysed and validated by local actors;
  • the dialogue of the main results and recommendations of the research with political decision-makers, which will allow them to be taken into consideration in order to orient sectoral policies.

Specifically, regarding improving pastoral resource management and adaptation to the effects of climate change, PRISMA will capitalise on pasture restoration and management initiatives, significant alternatives to the exploitation of pastoral resources, and carbon credit mechanisms to enhance mitigation/mitigation initiatives in agropastoral settings and promote their scaling up. Enabel and LuxDev are responsible for the implementation of this specific objective 1 of PRISMA; each agency has specific activities (Enabel for pastoral resource management and LuxDev for carbon credit mechanisms). However, given the context of growing insecurity in the Sahel, the project will adapt to this context by adapting its areas of investigation if necessary.

Regarding the improvement of access to feed, this specific objective 2 is implemented by AECID and will consist in improving the feed distribution network through storage banks. It will also involve strengthening the production of quality feed for livestock and putting in place efficient mechanisms to make feed available, especially during the lean season, through index insurance systems and technical support for production and estimation of import needs.

With regard to the limitation of zoonoses in the dairy sector, this objective 3 of the project is implemented by Enabel. It will provide data on the prevalence of tuberculosis and brucellosis and strengthen the capacity of epidemiological surveillance networks. The project will collaboratively diagnose access to epidemiological information by dairy stakeholders, facilitate co-creation and pilot innovative solutions for prevention or management of zoonotic diseases in the dairy sector.

Finally, regarding the contribution to national and regional sectoral policies and strategies, PRISMA will facilitate consultation between various actors, policy dialogue, information awareness/training, sharing in high-level events. This fourth objective of PRISMA is jointly implemented by the three agencies to ensure consistency in achieving results.

PRISMA will set up three thematic groups linked to the three components (pastoral resource management and climate change; livestock feed; prevention and control of zoonoses). Each partner will provide leadership for a given theme: LuxDev for pastoral resource management and climate change, Enabel for prevention and control of zoonoses and AECID for livestock feed. These thematic groups will be frameworks for discussion and sharing of action research results.

The three implementing agencies are assisted by a Strategic Orientation Committee (SOC) as an advisory body.

Project funding

PRISMA is funded by the European Union with 6 000 000 EUR and by AECID with 495 000 EUR. The budget allocated to LuxDev is 1 200 000 EUR.


In addition to the donors and the project implementing agencies, partners included in the contract and having access to funding include: the Sahel Institute (INSAH), the University of Liège, Vétérinaire sans Frontière (VSF), the National Institute for the Environment and Agricultural Research (INERA), the International Centre for Research and Development on Livestock in Sub-humid Zones (CIRDES), the AGRHYMET Regional Center, the Centre for International Cooperation in Agronomic Research for Development (CIRAD), the Royal Tropical Institute of Amsterdam (KIT), the University of Luxembourg (UNI.LU) Interdisciplinary centre for security, reliability and trust (SnT), the French National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment (INRAE) and Paris Dauphine University (Laboratory of Forest Economics and the Chair of Climate Economics), the Plan Vivo Foundation, CO2Logic.

Other key stakeholders include: ECOWAS, notably through the Directorate of Agriculture (ARAA and CRSA), the RBM network, AREPK in Mali, the PRADEL and REPO programmes in Niger, PREDIP, GloNet Sahel, PRAPS and other DeSIRA initiatives.

Project site and duration  

PRISMA is being implemented for a period of four years (2022-2025).

All activities will be implemented in Niger, Mali and Burkina Faso, countries where Enabel, LuxDev and AECID are already present. At the level of each country, the interventions concern mainly but not exclusively the areas of:

  • Mali: Koulikoro, Sikasso ;
  • Niger: Zinder, Tahoua, Dosso, Tillabéry ;
  • Burkina Faso: Sahel, Centre-North and North regions.

Latest news

  • BURKINA FASO - Atelier d'information du projet PRISMA avec les acteurs clés

    Published on 18 May 2022    By BKF/801   FR

    Ce 14 avril 2022, les agences d’exécution du Projet de recherche et innovation pour des systèmes agropastoraux productifs, résilients et sains en Afrique de l’Ouest (PRISMA), que sont LuxDev, Enabel et AECID, ont tenu un atelier d’information sur le projet avec les acteurs clés au Burkina Faso. Cet atelier, qui s’est déroulé à l’Université Virtuelle du Burkina à Ouagadougou, a également été l’occasion d’échanger sur la complémentarité des acteurs intervenant dans le domaine.

    Participants à l’atelier d’infirmation du projet PRISMA © Enabel BKF | Marc Cascant

    L’objectif global du projet est de contribuer à une transformation agroécologique adaptée au changement climatique des systèmes agropastoraux pour les rendre plus productifs, résilients et sains pour les animaux, les humains et l'environnement.

    Le projet se base sur une approche innovante axée fondamentalement sur la recherche pour apporter un changement subséquent aux systèmes agropastoraux. Il procède par une démarche participative et multisectorielle, impliquant des partenariats Nord-Sud, et mise sur une forte mobilisation des structures opérationnelles locales publiques et privées, en vue d’une appropriation et d’une valorisation des résultats de la recherche par les acteurs locaux et les décideurs politiques qui pourront assurer une mise à l’échelle au niveau national et régional.

    La stratégie du projet s’articule donc autour de la production de connaissances, issues de travaux de recherche (capitalisation, recherche-action), qui seront valorisées dans le cadre d’un renforcement de compétences des acteurs locaux. Ces derniers pourront par la suite assurer une mise à l’échelle des innovations et bonnes pratiques analysées. Enfin, la mise en dialogue des principaux résultats et recommandations de la recherche auprès des décideurs politiques permettra de les prendre en considération afin d’orienter les politiques sectorielles.

    En d’autres termes, il s’agit, pour PRISMA, de fédérer, au niveau opérationnel, les acteurs de terrain et de la recherche pour la construction d’innovations et de savoir-faire (recherche action, recherche appliquée), ainsi que la capitalisation et la mise à l’échelle des bonnes pratiques. Ainsi, PRISMA capitalisera sur l'existant et tentera de combler les lacunes afin de traduire les produits de la recherche en informations et outils utilisables par les structures d'accompagnement dans le domaine du pastoralisme, et d’appuyer la conception et la mise à l'échelle des produits et services innovants qui bénéficient aux producteurs (agro)pastoraux.

    Cet atelier d’information et d’échanges a permis aux partenaires, aux différentes ONG et à des personnes de la société civile intéressées par le sujet de mieux appréhender la démarche qui sous-tend le projet, ainsi que des thématiques telles que la finance carbone expérimentée par LuxDev dans son projet BKF/024 - Récupération et valorisation des espaces pastoraux.

    L’atelier a suscité un fort intérêt de la part des participants. Il s’est achevé par une série de questions/réponses et une session de collecte d’informations sur fiche afin de mettre en évidence les synergies potentielles avec les différents partenaires dans les domaines d’intervention du projet.

    Lancement de l’atelier à l’Université Virtuelle du Burkina © LuxDev | Sébastien Lambalot

    Maïmouna Ousmane, coordonnatrice Enabel (Niger) du projet PRISMA © Enabel BKF | Marc Cascant

    Razingrim Ouedraogo, coordonnateur PRISMA LuxDev au Burkina Faso lors de sa présentation © Enabel BKF | Marc Cascant

    Le projet PRISMA est financé par l’Union européenne à hauteur de 6 000 000 EUR et l’Agence espagnole pour la Coopération internationale au développement (AECID) à hauteur de 495 000 EUR, et exécuté par les trois agences AECID (Espagne), LuxDev (Luxembourg) et Enabel (Belgique) pour une durée de quatre ans.

    Cet article a été élaboré avec l’aide financière de l’Union européenne. Les opinions qui y sont exprimées ne doivent en aucun cas être considérées comme reflétant la position officielle de l’Union européenne.